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CSSC Wartsila opens new Shanghai ‘neuron’ centre to boost cruise shipbuilding

Wed 06 Dec 2017 by Hong Liang Lee reporting from Shanghai

CSSC Wartsila opens new Shanghai ‘neuron’ centre to boost cruise shipbuilding
Wu Qiang (CSSC): Chinese cruise market is expanding rapidly

CSSC and Wartsila have jointly opened a new electrical and automation facility, dubbed the “neuron system”, to add firepower to the construction of large cruise ships at CSSC shipyards.

The CSSC Wartsila Electrical & Automation (Shanghai) Co was officially opened on Wednesday at Marintec held in Shanghai, China.

CSSC general manager Wu Qiang said that the electrical and automation systems are like the “neuron system” of a ship, while the construction of cruise ships is the “crown” of shipbuilding that China needs to take.

Mr Wu pointed out that the main purpose of setting up the new facility is to give a much needed boost to the construction of complex, large cruise ships, which is dominated by European yards.

“In the process of building cruise ships in China, it is important to establish a comprehensive equipment supply base to address the complicated equipment assembly during the construction phase,” Mr Wu said.

CSSC has clinched a bumper deal to build a series of up to six large 133,500 GT cruise ships for Carnival Corp, with design help from Italy’s Fincantieri. The first delivery is scheduled in 2023.

CSSC and Wartsila already have a number of joint venture facilities in China. In December 2016, CSSC Wartsila Engine Co was opened which has the capability to build four-stroke engines for cruise ships.

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